FFXIV Arcanist Guide

Arcanist is a magic DPS class from the Disciple of Magic. Also, it uses support skills to be highly effective in team games. They have a lot of skills, which they are able to use at the back-end of parties to give maximum DoT damage and offensive-defensive support. What makes the Arcanist unique is that they are the lead class for two Jobs; Summoner and Scholar.

Final Fantasy XIV Arcanist Guide

Recommended Race for Arcanist

The Elezen and Lalafell are the recommended races for the Arcanist. These two races give a large amount of Intelligence, the main attribute for the Arcanist.

FFXIV Arcanist Guide

Arcanist’s Lore

Adepts of the art of arcanum get their power from symbols of power born of geometric techniques hailing from across the southern seas. Those symbols allow him to produce myriad powerful spells. Utilizing the selfsame symbols to unlock the latent power contained within gemstones, Arcanists can also summon forth the familiar known as Carbuncle to carry out their bidding.

Arcanist’s Combat Role

Arcanists have the ability to produce magical spells by using symbols of power. Also, they are able to summon a familiar called Carbuncle to help them in battle. You will be able to begin with the spell Ruin, a damage dealer and Bio to cause poison. When you increase in level similar debuff/damage spells are obtained including Miasma and Virus. Also, the healing spell Physik is taught early on. At level 4, you are going to learn Summon 1 that brings a Caster Type (Mage) Emerald Carbuncle to assist you in battle.

At level 15, you are going to receive Topaz Carbuncle that acts as a Tank type (Warrior). It means that an Arcanist needs time to develop however can change roles on the fly in battle. Arcanist’s Weapons include Books, Grimoires, and Picatrix. An Arcanist’s most important stat is intelligence that improves their attack magic potency. After an Arcanist reaches level 30, she or he can become a Summoner or Scholar.

Arcanist’s Skills

Arcanist has a good mix of offensive, defensive, and crowd control skills. This class has the greatest number of skills in the game. This class excels at cursing opponents with various debuffs and status ailments, also at doing DoT damage. This makes the Arcanist an extremely unique sort of supportive offense class. Besides these attacks, the Arcanist is able to summon Carbuncle and order them around, starting from level 4.

Arcanist’s skill unlock levels are 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 15, 15, 18, 20, 20, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 40, 40, 42, 46, 50.

Here is a list of Arcanist’s skills:

    • Ruin
      This skill will deal unaspected damage with a potency of 80.
    • Bio
      This skill will deal unaspected damage with a potency of 40 for 18 seconds
    • Gust
      This skill will deal wind damage with a potency of 90
    • Physick
      This skill will restore the target’s HP.
    • Summon
      This skill will summon a caster-type pet to fight by your side.
    • Backdraft
      This skill will deal wind damage with a potency of 80.
    • Aetherflow
      This skill will restore 20% of maximum.
    • Energy Drain
      This skill will deal unaspected damage with a potency of 150. This is only available when under the effect of Aetherflow.
    • Miasma
      This skill will deal unaspected damage with a potency of 20.
    • Virus
      This skill will reduce the target’s STR and DEX by 15%.
    • Summon II
      This skill will summon a tank-type pet to fight at your side.
    • Gouge
      This skill will deliver an attack with a potency of 70
    • Shining Topaz
      This skill will deliver an attack with a potency of 70 to all nearby opponents.
    • Sustain
      This skill will sacrifice 10% of its own maximum HP to restore 8% of summon’s HP over a period of 10 seconds.
    • Downburst
      This skill will deal wind damage with a potency of 80 to target and all opponents nearby it.
    • Curl
      This skill will decrease damage suffered by pets by 20%.
    • Resurrection
      This skill will resurrect the target to a weakened state.
    • Bio II
      This skill will deal unaspected damage over time
    • Bane
      This skill will spread a target’s Bio, Bio II, or Miasma to all nearby opponents.
    • Eye for an Eye
      This skill will erect a magicked barrier around a party member or pet for 30 seconds.
    • Ruin II
      This skill will deal unaspected damage with a potency of 80
    • Storm
      This skill will deliver an attack with a potency of 60.
    • Shining Emerald
      This skill will extend duration of damage over time effects already cast by the master by 15 seconds.
    • Rouse
      This skill will increase Cure magic potency and damage dealt by pets by 40 percent.
    • Miasma II
      This skill will deal unaspected damage with a potency of 20 to all nearby opponents.
    • Shadow Flare
      This skill will envelop a designated area in a veil of magicked shadows, dealing damage with a potency of 25 to any who enter.

Arcanist’s Traits

Traits are bonus passives which give special effects to your character. For the Arcanist, the traits will increase the Intelligence attribute. Also, it greatly enhances the effectiveness of your spells. Like in the case of spells, the Arcanist has the greatest number of traits in the game. For your information, traits unlock levels of the Arcanist are 8, 14, 16, 20, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 40, 44, 48.

Here is a list of traits of the Arcanist:

    • Aetherdam
      This trait will allow the stacking of one Aetherflow.
    • Enhanced Intelligence
      This trait will increase intelligence by 2 points.
    • Enhanced Intelligence II
      This treat will increase intelligence by 4 points.
    • Maim and Mend
      This trait will increase base action damage and HP restoration by 10%.
    • Aetherdam II
      This trait will allow the stacking of up to two Aetherflows.
    • Enhanced Pet Actions
      This trait will increase spell speed by 20% when a pet deals critical damage.
    • Super Virus
      This trait will add 15% intelligence and mind enfeeblement to Virus.
    • Enhanced Intelligence III
      This trait will increase intelligence by 6 points.
    • Energy Siphon
      This trait will double the amount of MP restored by Energy Drain.
    • Maim and Mend II
      This trait will increase base action damage and HP restoration by 30%.
    • Aetherdam III
      This trait will allow the stacking of up to three Aetherflows.
    • Enhanced Eye for an Eye
      This trait will shorten Eye for an Eye recast time to 120 seconds.
    • Enhanced Rouse
      This trait will shorten Rouse recast time to 60 seconds.